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Rodina: A Novel of Mother Russia

3.0 of 5 stars 3.00  ·  rating details  ·  3 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Rodina - in Russian, "the Motherland" - is about a Russian family and the tumultuous times through which they live. It tells the story of Evgenia, a Russian woman who endures the upheavals of her beleaguered homeland and personifies Rodina's strength. It is also about Evgenia's courageous daughters, the dedicated men they love, and the passions which propel all of their ev ...more
Paperback, 518 pages
Published March 17th 2006 by Trafford Publishing
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I wanted to like this book, but I felt the author tackled too many characters and too much time--it was almost liks she was trying to write in the grand style of Tolstoy, who so many of the characters seemed to love.

The story starts in modern times and then goes into the 1700s--but as soon as you get attached to a character the author moves to another generation of characters.

So, I am still at a loss in finding a Volga-Russia novel that I enjoy.
This book deserves its 5* . Kirsten Borg clearly did some research, although it should be said that her repetitive use of the word "Rodina" can often appear out of its true context.

It was a light, fast paced well written read, which takes its reader through the personal triumphs and tragedies faced by one family and its successive generations. With Borg's generational heroines we learn about their lives, loves and their life-changing decisions, which drew the women out from their provincial exi
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Kirsten E.A.Borg has been fascinated by the Russians since she was 12 years old. She has taught their history, learned their language, performed their music, visited their country - and loved their culture for a long time. She has a Ph.D. in History, and lives in Kansas City. Like many of the characters in her book, she has a daughter and is a teacher.
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